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EcoWaste slams botched plastic waste shipment from Hong Kong

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019

Courtesy : Ecowaste Coalition Facebook page

EcoWaste Coalition slammed the mixed plastic waste shipment found at the Mindanao Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental from Hong Kong.

During the inspection of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Region 10
led by port collector John Simon on Wednesday (May 22), they found a 40- footer container van. It contained 22 sling bags weighing 25,610 kilograms of mixed plastic waste instead of the declared “assorted electronic accessories.”

“We denounce this latest attempt to bring into the country over 25 tons of mixed plastic waste from Hong Kong amid our nation’s ongoing efforts to send back similar illegal waste shipments from Canada and South Korea,” according to Aileen Lucero, National Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition.

Reports say the shipment arrived in the country last January 2, 2019.
The cargo was shipped by Hin Yuen Tech. Env. Limited and was consigned to Crowd Win Industrial Limited.

The BOC Region 10 already issued an alert order and a warrant of seizure and detention on February 19 and March 7, 2019 in violation of Section 1400 (misdeclaration) in relation to Section 117 (lack of permit) of Republic Act 10863, or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

EcoWaste also reported that the BOC Region 10 will also initiate an action to re-export of the illegal shipment back to Hong Kong.

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We will never sell Manila Zoo—Mayor Isko Moreno

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, July 4th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Manila Zoo

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has vowed not to sell Manila Zoo during his inspection in the area on Thursday (July 4).

“We will never sell Manila Zoo. It will be run by the local government unit. No matter how, we are going to modernize to address the demands of our time,” according to Moreno.

Despite being closed to the public for six months since January, the facility still has no sewerage treatment plant (STP).

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) shut down the operations of Manila Zoo after discovering it is contributing waste in Manila Bay.

Aside from the STP, Manila Zoo also needs a proper drainage system and water pipes.

Domagoso said there is no timeline yet on the reopening of Manila Zoo since the facility needs to pass DENR standards. He added that they would still need to manage the budget to construct an STP.

“Kung next month, na-comply namin iyong problema or requirements ng DENR, sa amin, bilang local government, we’ll open (If we are able to comply with the DENR requirements by next month, we will resume operation),” he said. —AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)

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DENR calls on gov’t, business sector to address problem of plastic pollution

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, July 4th, 2019

DPWH personnel collect plastic waste from polluted esteros | Courtesy: DENR

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has urged the government and business sectors to work together in addressing plastic pollution in the country.

Assistant Secretary and Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Ricardo Calderon said lessening the use of plastics can help prevent marine creatures from ingesting plastic.

“We urge everyone to join the pledge for our environment; a pledge that will institutionalize our collective and collaborative action towards addressing the issue of marine debris,” he said.

Meanwhile, the DENR eyes on rehabilitating Baguio City’s Balili River, which coliform level is even worse than that of the Manila Bay.—AAC

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Int’l groups laud reshipment of Canada trash: ‘A victory for the environment’

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2019

The MV Bavaria leaving the Philippines to haul 69 container vans of mixed waste back to Canada (May 31, 2019)

MANILA, Philippines — Environmental groups lauded the historic return of Canada’s trash after six long years of abandonment in the Philippines.

EcoWaste Coalition, International Persistent Organic Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) and RightOnCanada in a joint statement described the effort as “a victory for the rule of law, morality and the environment.”

“We feel jubilant that 69 containers of Canadian rubbish are now homeward bound after being stranded here for so long,” Ecowaste National Coordinator Aileen Lucero said.

“The Philippines is not the world’s dumpsite. Never again shall we allow other countries to trash our dignity, our people’s health, and the environment,” she added.

Kathleen Ruff of RightOnCanada, meanwhile, commended Canada for finally realizing its responsibility under the Basel Convention.

“The Canadian government is now finally going to comply with the Basel Convention and take responsibility for its own wastes. This is what environmental responsibility means.”

Meanwhile, Joe DiGangi of IPEN said Canada should have not waited for six years before it finally decided to take back its trash.

“Canada should have complied with the Basel Convention and repatriated its illegal garbage exports years ago,” DiGangi said.

“It should not take a presidential threat to get Canada or any other country to comply with the Basel Convention. Going forward, both Canada and the Philippines need to learn from this frustrating experience, so that it is never repeated,” he added in the statement.

The groups noted that to prevent the recurrence of garbage dumping, there should be a new set of rules that nations should uphold thus they suggest the ratification of the Basel Ban Amendment “which prohibits the export of hazardous wastes and other wastes from developed to developing countries for any reason, including recycling.”

“This ordeal has taught us of the urgency of correcting outmoded regulations allowing waste imports into the country under the guise of recycling,” Lucero concluded.  

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